The OTR SuperSprint concluded with DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye placed in the top ten of the drivers standings with one race remaining in the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
Precision was key around the shorter West layout of The Bend Motorsport Park, with 17 and 18 cars respectively posting a time in the 1:15 bracket in the morning’s back-to-back qualifying sessions. Pye would start 11th for Race 29 and 16th for Race 30.
A wild first lap saw Pye shoved two spots back behind Jack Le Brocq and Bryce Fullwood, but he got Fullwood back into Turn 1 on Lap 3. The DEWALT ‘Engineered by Powers’ Commodore lead five laps before pitting on Lap 21, however lost time in the pit lane due to a jammed wheel nut after contact on the opening lap.
Pye took a second stop during the safety car period for fresh rubber, but lost ground battling late in the race and finished 19th in Race 29.
In Race 30, Pye was the last to stop on Lap 21 and rejoined the field two spots up in 14th position. He then picked off Rick Kelly for 13th and Bryce Fullwood for 12th with two laps to go.
Following the OTR SuperSprint, Pye maintained tenth in the drivers standings, while Team 18 sit eighth in the teams points with only 100 points separating five outfits from fourth to eighth position.
The stage is now set for the grand finale to the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The DEWALT Racing Commodore will next hit the track at the famous Mount Panorama circuit for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from 15-18 October.
Scott Pye, driver #20 DEWALT Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“It was a solid weekend overall,” said Pye.
“Yesterday was tough yesterday but I was happy with how we bounced back and found our car speed in the race.
“Today should have been two top tens but things didn’t go to plan.
“I think I made contact with someone on the first lap of the first race today, which meant the wheel nut jammed so we had trouble getting the left rear wheel off at our pit stop.
“Your heart sinks when those sort of things happen, I’m gutted for the crew but at the same time I’m so proud of how we bounced back this weekend.
“The car is quick and to be leaving today saying we could have had two top tens from where we started in 12th and 16th would have been good.
“The main thing is we have great car speed and we can go to Bathurst confident.”